How to find the best meal savings and freebies

March is a lucky month for meal deals.

We have the luck of the Irish with St. Patrick’s Day, and freebies are in the forecast for the first day of spring on March 20.

But before those two big days, there’s IHOP’s Free Pancake Day on March 12, and Pi Day is March 14.

Here are the deals, big days and ongoing specials, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.

Bookmark this page because it’ll be updated frequently with more specials.

Businesses with 20 or more locations can submit meal deals here.

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Go green!: McDonald’s is ready for St. Patrick’s Day with the limited return of Shamrock Shakes

Limited-time offers

Dunkin’: Through Sunday, March 3, get a medium-sized latte or cappuccino, hot or iced, for $2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at participating locations.

Hardee’s: Through Sunday, March 10, buy any menu item at regular price and get a free cup of coffee. The deal is to promote the company’s new Rise and Shine Coffee. Limit one per customer per visit.

P.F. Chang’s: The chain’s Year of the Pig celebration continues through March 25 and features three Year of the Pig hand-crafted cocktails. One of the limited-time drinks is served in a bacon and sugar-rimmed glass. Dine-in and get a limited-edition Fortune-Telling Pig that “once placed in the palm of the hand, reveals your hidden secrets,” according to a news release. Learn more about the signs of the Zodiac and about P.F. Chang’s special drinks and menu items at

TGI Fridays: From Wednesday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 3, get free delivery through the Uber Eats app. A minimum $30 purchase is required and use promo code EATSFRIDAYS in the app. 

March 1: National Kolache Day

To celebrate National Kolache Day Friday, March 1, all Kolache Factory locations are giving away a free fruit kolache from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.  To get the freebie, just say “National Kolache Day.” One per customer and no substitutions. 

March 1: National Hotel Slipper Day has declared March 1 as “National Hotel Slipper Day” and picked the date because it also is Justin Bieber’s birthday and the travel website says Bieber is “arguably hotel slipper’s biggest fan and advocate.”

To celebrate, get $25 off reservations $250 or more booked on March 1 with code SLIPPERS.

March 1: Early Read Across America Day deal

Read Across America is officially March 2, however many schools and libraries will celebrate the day on Friday. And on Friday, Hooked on Phonics is giving away free one-year subscriptions to its Learn To Read digital app, a $40 value. To get the freebie, use promo code READ2019. Learn more at

March 2: Read Across America Day

Target stores nationwide are holding free story time events to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 115th birthday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2. There will be readings of “What Pet Should I Get” at the top of every half hour, Dr. Seuss giveaways and activities. Learn more at 

March 3: Baskin-Robbins’ freebie

From 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, get a free sample of a featured Milkshake Mixology flavor combination at participating Baskin-Robbins’ locations.

March 5: Mardi Gras

Check back soon for Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday promotions.

Applebee’s: The Dollar Hurricane was the chain’s February drink of the month is available through Mardi Gras. The drink served in a 10-ounce mug is a mix of rum, passion fruit, orange, black cherry and lime and costs $1 at participating locations.

March 12: IHOP Free Pancake Day

IHOP’s 14th annual National Pancake Day is March 12 and participating restaurants are giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes. Although the pancakes are free, Glendale, Calif.-based IHOP hopes customers will “make every stack count” by donating to charity partners. Learn more at

March 14: Pi Day

Here are the deals from Pi Day 2018. We will be adding the new deals in shortly. 

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

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March 20: First day of spring

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Ongoing specials

Cicis: The pizza buffet chain has joined forces with Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to create “Rise of the Turtles Tuesdays.” Each Tuesday through March 12 from 4 p.m. to close, kids 10 and under get a kid’s buffet for 99 cents with the purchase of one adult buffet and large drink. Limit one kid’s buffet per adult buffet and drink purchase. Learn more about the promotion at

KFC: For a limited time, KFC is offering a two for $3 deal on its Chicken Littles. The sandwiches are available in four flavors: Smoky Mountain BBQ, Extra Crispy, Nashville Hot and Georgia Gold.

McDonald’s: With an offer on the fast-food chain’s app, buy one sandwich and get a second for 25 cents. Some sandwiches are excluded including the new bacon items. According to the offer details, this deal will be valid once per week through March 31.

Olive Garden: The fast-casual Italian restaurant announced its first-ever Never Ending Stuffed Pastas. For a limited time, get unlimited refills while dining in on four stuffed pastas including Stuffed Ziti Fritta and Cheese Ravioli with a choice of four sauces and five toppings. Prices start at $12.99.

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